Simon is now 18 months old and I am loving everything about this stage. Sure, there are moments in which he is testing the boundaries of what he is allowed to do, that I get frustrated, but I wouldn’t trade any moments away for anything.
One of the best things about the age he is at, is watching his budding imagination unfold before our eyes. Sometimes, the things he comes up with amaze us. He will take a toy reindeer and make it chase us saying “Rawr!“. He will drive his toy cars up over our shoulders. He will pretend to feed his sippy cup to his baby doll, or perhaps the baby doll will take a ride on the back of a dinosaur. Jeramy and I just cannot get enough of the creative ideas our child presents us with.
Lately, a favorite activity for all three of us, has been playing with blocks. It seems like very recently our child switched from knocking down everything we tried to stack, to taking an interest in doing stacking himself. He is getting good at it too, challenging himself with more difficult stacks. Sometimes he gets frustrated when things won’t stay up, but we encourage him to relax and try again, helping him out when he needs it. He quite often disapproves of the way Mumma and Daddy put the blocks together, and will show us how he would rather we place them (a normal part of being 1 and a half).
One of the things I love most about blocks is the way they can become anything, especially when you combine them with another toy. So this week the blocks were a playscape for dinosaurs, a road for cars, ingredients in imaginary soup, and furniture for dolls, in addition to teetering towers. Some of this comes out of Simon’s imagination, some of it is helped along by Mumma and Daddy.